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PSOJ concerned about police commissioner's silence on conviction of 'death squad' cop

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says it is concerned that Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson is yet to make a public comment regarding the conviction of Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown, who was a member of a so-called police death squad.

Brown was found guilty on all charges including three counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, and wounding with intent, at the Supreme Court last Thursday.

PSOJ, in a statement today, said the matter related to Brown's admission that, along with other police officers, he was part of an operational team that targeted and killed known criminals in the Clarendon area.

“The evidence presented asserted that this practice occurred with the knowledge and support of senior officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force. The PSOJ accepts that the JCF High Command must be minded not to prejudice similar criminal trials concerning other police officers which will commence imminently, but we are concerned that there has been no public comment by the commissioner of police,” PSOJ said.

The organisation added that the Brown's trial was a matter of great public interest, and that the allegations of police teams systematically acting on the instructions of senior police officers to target and kill individuals has the gravest consequences for the public's trust and confidence in the JCF as well as highlighting large-scale human rights abuses.

In this regard, PSOJ is urging Anderson to make a statement in a bid to reassure the citizens of Jamaica that the aforementioned unlawful practice has ceased.

“What measures have been put in place to ensure that it never happens again? And what internal measures have been taken to investigate the evidence from Brown's trial to identify and investigate any serving police officers or those who may have since left the service?” PSOJ questioned.

“The people of Jamaica are entitled to a police service that they can have confidence in to act within the law,” the group said.

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